My Commitment to community
Community, volunteer work and giving back has always been a very important part of my life.
For several years, I was a board member with the Cabbagetown B.I.A., working to enhance the community through cultural events, beautification projects and annual festivals.
In the 1980s, I was one of the first volunteer nurses at Street Health, where we provided a ‘low-tech’ nursing clinic in the basement of the Toronto Friendship Centre located at Sherbourne and Dundas. We offered as much care as possible, with literally no budget, for a diverse homeless community, providing everything from clean socks, emotional support, basic first aid, help with filling out documents, as well as hospital referrals for drug addiction and a variety of injuries sustained.
I served on the Arbitration and MLS Committees of the Toronto Real Estate Board for several years, gaining valuable insight into the many details behind the scenes of the real estate business.
I worked with Project Neutral in Riverdale for a few years, to help the community move towards carbon neutrality.
Working with an amazing organization, I was a board member and vice-president at the Metro Toronto YWCA, an association that supports programs, training and shelters for women and children.
I support a local shelter known as ‘Arise’. We make regular donations of furniture, clothing, household items, Halloween costumes, holiday gifts and money to them throughout the year. If you are clearing out items from your home, I’d be happy to pick up any donations for Arise. They are always in need of dishes and linens.
I was a volunteer for nine years at Emily's House, (under the umbrella of the Philip Aziz Centre), Toronto's first hospice care for children and their families. My job included many tasks including support for the children and their families, fundraising, receptionist, gardening, helping to organize special events, deliveries during the peak covid days ...basically assisting with whatever was needed at the time. I personally raised many thousands of dollars for the annual Hike for Hospice, placing in the tip three fundraisers every year.